At Council, we have a strong commitment to support the ongoing development of coaches, sports volunteers and sports club administrators throughout the Borough. We have compiled this programme to provide opportunities to further develop knowledge and skills, relevant to these roles, in enjoyable and engaging environments.
The programme offers a mixture of minimum operating standards which are a requirement for Sport NI’s Clubmark NI quality accreditation programme, a Club Leaders NI workshop to support clubs in the day to day running of the club and coachwork style sessions which are practical in nature, relating to optimal performance.
Safeguarding Children & Young People
This workshop aims to raise awareness of Child Protection issues in sport and introduces participants to the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport. This workshop is important for all adults involved in children’s sport, but is particularly recommended for Coaches, Leaders, Administrators and Officials.
Disability Awareness Training
This 6 hour workshop has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and understanding they need to make their particular programmes, facilities and activities more inclusive of people with disabilities. Through a range of interactive exercises participants are made aware of the main barriers to participation, and are provided with practical advice and guidance to develop their ability to adapt games and activities to include all ability groups.
Emergency First Aid for Sport
This 6 hour workshop will cover elements of First Aid applicable to anyone who is responsible for coaching/supervising a team or individuals. A three year certificate of competency will be issued following successful assessment. Attendance at both sessions is compulsory.
This workshop is aimed primarily at Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer’s within sports clubs. The training provides them with further understanding to assist in their role of safeguarding children in sport. Attendees must have attended ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport’ prior to attending this workshop and must be over 18 years of age.
How to coach the fundamentals of movement
This workshop will equip your coaches with the knowledge and confidence to incorporate key fundamental movement skills elements into every one of their sessions – irrespective of the age group they coach. It uses as its framework the latest evidence based research that isolates which movements and competencies children should master at particular stages in their development, right through to adulthood, in order to become physically confident.
Mind Games: Mental Skills for Competition
This workshop will help coaches to consider the metal skills involved in coaching athletes and teams’ pre, post and during competition. This will include investigating the psychological elements influencing and effecting athletes before, during and after competition, reflecting on how your personal coach behavior impacts on athletes’ mental state, and developing strategies to support your athlete’s mental skills.
‘Let’s talk about GDPR’
The aim of the event is to provide a key understanding of the key concepts and changes to ensure you can meet the challenges facing your organisations. The session will provide advice and guidance on asset registers, privacy notices, retention and disposal schedules and data sharing agreements. This informal session will allow clubs to ask questions and share their experiences of GDPR.
Promoted by Sport NI, Clubmark NI aims to identify, develop, accredit and recognise high quality sports clubs and the contribution that they make to the development of sport in Northern Ireland. To gain accreditation clubs are required to evidence compliance with the core Clubmark NI criteria and sport specific criteria.
An accredited club is recognised as a safe, regarding and quality environment for participants of all ages to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. In order to assist with accreditation we have organised the following courses which are part of the criteria. Please however check with your Governing Body if these meet their requirements:
• Emergency First Aid for Sport
• Safeguarding Children and Young People
• Designated Officer (2 per Club must be certified)
• Disability Awareness Training
Places will be allocated on a first come first taken basis, however priority will be given to Coaches and Clubs from within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area. In the first instance there will be a limit to the number of places a Club can book.
If you require additional places, please contact Laura O’Hagan (Sports Development Assistant) on 028 4066 0637 or email
All courses have a minimum number and therefore courses are subject to cancellation should these not be met.